Aston Martin to uncover new Zagato special at Villa d’Este

May 12th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The Zagato design house has created plenty of beautiful machines with a wide variety of automakers over the years. But for many car fans it’s the collaboration between Zagato and Aston Martin that has created the most special automotive specimens.

The first and possibly most important, was the iconic Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. To mark the event, the British automaker and the famous Italian design house have reconnected on a new project that could potentially head into limited production. Details on this latest collaboration remain scarce but the concept is set to be revealed at the forthcoming Villa D’Este Concours on May 21 to check initial customer reaction with a production model possibly following as early as next year.

For now, a teaser rendering has been released with little else except speculation that the new Aston Martin Zagato could be based on the mechanical hardware and platform of the current V8 Vantage.

Aston Martin boss, Dr. Ulrich Bez, said: “Now is the right time for a new Aston Martin Zagato and in combining our design intelligence I think we can create something fitting of the iconic DB4GT Zagato that has gone before and since established itself as one of the most famous Aston Martins of all time.” Continue reading “Aston Martin to uncover new Zagato special at Villa d’Este” »

Aston Martin upgrades V8 Vantage for 2010

December 14th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Aston Martin V8 Vantage 2010 fq

Reports from the UK and a new batch of images from Aston Martin has confirmed some minor revisions for its entry-level V8 Vantage for the 2010 model year.

Among those changes are clear tail lamps (similar to those on the V12 version), side sills borrowed from the N400 edition and silver mesh trim for the bonnet and side vents. There will also be some new optional equipment, including ten-spoke, 19-inch forged alloys, carbon-Kevlar seats that drop 17kg off the curb weight, and a 1000-watt Bang & Olufsen stereo.

Along with the new equipment, Aston has cut the V8 engine’s carbon emissions. Orders for the updated V8 Vantage will be taken from now with deliveries beginning early in the new year.

Check out images of the updated model in the gallery below.

Aston Martin upgrades power on outgoing V8 Vantage

December 15th, 2008 by Darren Cottingham

Aston Martin V8

If you own a 2005-2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage owner, you may have wished you’d waited for the 2009 model which benefits from an extra 0.4-liters of displacement (up from 4.3- to 4.7-litres) and gains an extra 40 hp and 45 lb-ft of torque, along with some revised suspension tuning. The crew at Aston Martin feels your pain and has begun offering a new performance package for the 4.3-litre model.

The kit includes a new induction system that was originally developed for the DBS and features a pair of toggling airbox valves that open at 5,500 rpm to suck more air into the engine. With the help of a revised ECU that coordinates ignition timing and recognises higher octane fuels, output increases by 20hp to 400 hp and torque grows to 307 lb-ft.

The new sports package developed for the 2009 model can also be retrofitted to the last generation Vantage and includes forged aluminum five-spoke wheels, upgraded springs and Bilstein dampers. Aston hasn’t released pricing for the new performance pack, but it has to be cheaper than trading in your old Vantage for the updated model.